'How much does a backpack really cost?' Akeem Browder picks up where his brother left off

His story shook the world and sparked a movement for change and has continued to do so even after his death.

News 12 Staff

Jun 27, 2020, 2:21 AM

Updated 1,385 days ago

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His story shook the world and sparked a movement for change and has continued to do so even after his death. 
At the age of 16, Kalief Browder was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack in May of 2010. 
For the next three years, Browder was held at Rikers Island -- two of those years in solitary confinement. 
After his release, Browder sought for change and reform within the criminal system. 
However, in June of 2015, Browder took his own life. His death prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to reform the jail and stop solitary confinement for 16 and 17-year-old inmates. 
His brother, Akeem Browder, is continuing his legacy by advocating for change and justice. 
Akeem Browder founded the Kalief Browder Foundation. Their vision is to use social justice discussions, civic engagement programs and mental health awareness to engage and ensure change within urban communities. 
News 12’s Elly Morillo talks with Kalief’s brother on his involvement in recent protests that sparked after George Floyd’s death, his memories with Kalief and how his brother’s legacy continues to live on.


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